To tune into our measurement unit, we read the story How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Myller. In the story, the king wanted to give the queen a bed for her birthday, but the apprentice was not sure what size the bed should be since during that time, beds were not invented yet. The king measured the queen using his foot and had the apprentice make a bed that is 3 feet wide and 6 feet long. The students were then given the task of helping the apprentice by showing him what the actual size of the bed would be like using butcher paper. Students were split in groups of 3/4, and since we do not have access to the king’s foot, the class agreed that each group should use the smallest foot in each group to help determine the size of the bed. After all the beds were made, students observed that the beds are all different sizes. They reflected on why the beds were different sizes and how are we to solve this problem. One student said we should just use a ruler. And another said, yes one ruler is actually one foot. A discussion about the importance of standard units of measurement began.